By Raymond Baguma
A section of people in Tooro kingdom have expressed support for Princess Ruth Komuntale following her decision to separate with her American husband of 11 months, saying she had exercised restraint in a bad relationship.
However, other members of the public expressed that it was not proper for the couple to expose their failings in the public media, which had disgraced their kingdom.
On Monday, Princess Komuntale broke her silence when she announced that she had decided to part with her American husband Christopher Thomas.
Yesterday (Tuesday), Rev. Richard Baguma, an elder in Tooro kingdom has said he would bring up the matter of Komuntale’s marriage woes in the kingdom cabinet for discussion. He however declined to add any further details saying that he would not discuss the matter in the press.
At the beginning of this year, media reports began emerging and indicated that all was not well between the young couple with reports of infidelity on the part of Thomas.
In a statement on Monday, Komuntale said that she had tried in vain to make her marriage to work out through tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Rose Binta, a teacher at Mpanga Secondary School said, “In fact she had been patient. The man showed him his true character from the beginning. It is good to persevere, but if it is too much abuse, that is how people end up being killed. She has been patient.”
Rose Gamukama Kabahweza who operates a retail shop in Fort Portal town said, “The two of them were young and they should not have gone in for marriage. Princess should have waited until maybe the age of 27 years or 30 years before getting married. Also, they should not have gone to the press because it has ashamed Tooro.”
The announcement of the separation came hardly a year after the young couple walked down the aisle in a Christian marriage at St. John’s Cathedral in Fort portal town on November 17th last year.
But Pastor Bagonza, a boda boda operator in Fort Portal town said, “That was a matter between two consenting adults and what befalls their relationship is their concern. I don’t care what goes on in the royal palace, and I am not interested in knowing.”